Brooks Kohli

Brooks Kohli
Degree: Earth and Environmental Sciences

Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Rowe
Natural Resources and the Environment

Research Topic

Analyzing Multiple Dimensions of Diversity to Gain New Insight on Small Mammal Comminity Dynamics and Biogeography

Brook's research will take advantage of a natural experiment replicated across five Great Basin mountain ranges to determine the factors affecting small mammal community assembly and dynamics over the last century.  By incorporating functional trait data and phylogenetic relationships, he will comprehensively assess diversity patterns within and among mountain ranges and will identify ecological and evolutionary processes that structure communities along elevational gradients.  This knowledge can be used to inform conservation of biodiversity in the face of ongoing anthropogenic disturbances.

Previous Awards and Activities

  • Golden Ginkgo Award for Best Presentation, UNH, NREN Department Seminar, - 2018
  • American Society of Mammalogists, Grants-In-Aid of Research - 2016
  • Brigham Young University Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, Summer Award for Upper Division and Graduate Students  - 2016
  • American Society of Mammalogists Annie M. Alexander Award - 2013
  • Outstanding Biological Sciences Graduating Senior, Ohio Univ - 2010
  • NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholar - 2008-2010

Selected Presentations and Publications


  • Kohli, B.A., R.C. Terry and R.J. Rowe. (2018). A trait-based framework for discerning drivers of species co-occurrence across heterogeneous landscapes. Accepted in Ecography.
  • Matocq, M.D., R.J. Rowe and B.A. Kohli. (2017). Monitoring Small Mammal Communities in Nevada:  Elevational Transects as Indicators of Biotic Response to Environmental Change. Report submitted to the Nevada Department of Wildlife. December 2017.
  • Kohli, B.A., D.A. Charlet, and R.J. Rowe. First description of small mammal communities in Swamp Cedar woodlands, a globally unique and imperiled habitat in Nevada. In review at Southwestern Naturalist.
  • Kohli, B.A., V.B. Fedorov, E. Waltari and J.A. Cook.  (2015) Phylogeography of a Holarctic rodent (Myodes rutilus): testing high-latitude biogeographical hypotheses and the dynamics of range shifts. Journal of Biogeography 42, 377–389.
  • Kohli, B.A., K.A. Speer, C.W. Kilpatrick, N. Batsaikhan, D. Damdinbazar, and J.A. Cook. (2014) Multilocus systematics and non-punctuated evolution of Holarctic Myodini (Rodentia: Arvicolinae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 76, 18–29. 


  • Kohli, B.A. Integrating ecomorphological traits into small mammal functional diversity analyses. February 2018. UNH NREN Department Seminar (Oral presentation).
  • Guptill, J.L.*, B.A. Kohli and R.J. Rowe. Testing the utility of cranial morphology in refining diet group classifications of rodents. April 2017. UNH Undergraduate Research Conference (Poster presentation)
  • Kohli, B.A., E.A. Rickart, and R.J. Rowe. Small mammal community assembly along elevational gradients: insights from a functional perspective on co-occurrence patterns. January 2017. International Biogeography Society, Tucson, Arizona (Oral presentation).
  • Kohli, B.A., E.A. Rickart, R.J. Rowe. Temporal patterns of species co-occurrence along a climate and habitat gradient. 26 June 2016. American Society of Mammalogists Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN (Oral presentation).
  • Rapier, B.C., J.L. Malaney, B.A. Kohli, M.A. Hobbs, L.P. Smith, and M.D. Matocq. New records and two possible local extinctions from a sky island in the Great Basin. 27 June 2016. American Society of Mammalogists Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN (Poster presentation).
  • Kohli, B.A.  Phylogeography of a Holarctic rodent (Myodes rutilus): Testing high-latitude biogeographic hypotheses and the dynamics of range shifts. 15 June 2013. Plenary Session I of American Society of Mammalogists Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Oral presentation).
  • Kohli, B.A., V.B. Fedorov, and J.A. Cook.  Range-wide phylogeography of a Holarctic mammal: Testing high-latitude biogeographic hypotheses.  7 July 2012.  First Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Poster presentation).
  • Kohli, B.A., V. B. Fedorov, and J.A. Cook.  A novel biogeographic pattern for a Holarctic mammal revealed by the range-wide phylogeography of Clethrionomys rutilus.  26 June 2012. American Society of Mammalogists, Reno, Nevada (Oral presentation).
  • Speer, K.A., B.A. Kohli, N. Batsaikhan, D. Damdinbaza, and J.A. Cook. Clarifying the diversity of montane voles (Genus: Alticola) in Mongolia.  24 June 2012. American Society of Mammalogists, Reno, Nevada (Poster presentation).
  • Kohli, B.A.  Divide and conquer: How red-backed voles came to rule the North.  18 April 2012. University of New Mexico, Biology Department Seminar (Oral presentation).


M.S., Biology, University of New Mexico (Advisor, Dr. Joseph Cook), 2013
B.S., Biological Sciences; Environmental Studies Certificate, Ohio University, 2010

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